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This article was published on August 11, 2021

The Xiaomi CyberDog is the robotic hound no one asked for

What's up CyberDog?

The Xiaomi CyberDog is the robotic hound no one asked for
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

Xiaomi released the Mi Mix 4 with an under-the-screen camera, last night. The Chinese tech giant release a phone is the normal programming. But it also released a surprised four-legged robot dog that simply looks threatening.

You won’t be the only one if you instantly recall Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot when you see a picture of the Xiaomi CyberDog. You can catch a glimpse of it in the video below.

As compared to Spot, the CyberDog is lighter (5.2kg v 32.7kg) and faster (1.6 meter/second v 3 meter/second). However, we don’t know what it can do for us, apart from performing tricks like backflips.

The CyberDog has three USB-C and one HDMI port to attach lidar sensors, panoramic cameras, and search lights.

Boston Dynamics’ robot has multiple enterprise applications in industries such as military, health, and mining survey. But there’s no way of telling yet if Xiaomi aims to make its robot useful for businesses.

For now, it looks like Xiaomi wants you to think of this robot dog as a pet, because it’s capable of “following its owner and darting around obstructions.” Plus, it has tech like voice assistant, facial recognition, and human posture detection to make it more like your four-legged friend.

Xiaomi is releasing only 1,000 units of CyberDog in China for fans, engineers, and robotic enthusiasts at RMB 9,999 ($1,542) — cheaper than $74,500 of Spot. The company is also launching an open-source community for developers to explore more uses of this dog. Can they make it do more than backflips?

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